Kerry Sharman Hill served for over twenty-three years at the sharp end of Australian Narcotics law enforcement. He served with Customs, the Narcotics Bureau, Federal Police and Foreign Affairs, specialising in undercover work both in Australia and overseas. He opened the Narcotics Bureau office in South Australia in 1974, and was later the inaugural Regional Inspector, Detection Operations Group (Customs CIB) and National Fauna Squad for VIC/SA/TAS/WA.
In 1979, Kerry opened the Narcotics Bureau/Federal Police post at the Australian Embassy in Indonesia as First Secretary Narcotics Liaison, his area also including the South Pacific. During this time, he achieved the world record for the longest single-man police beat, from Sumatra to Tahiti, west to east, and Kiribas to Tonga, north to south. Also during this time, Kerry served operationally in South America and the United States. As well, in 1979, he represented Australia at the International Narcotics Seminar in Japan. In 1983, Kerry served in similar diplomatic relieving positions in Malaysia and Thailand, and, in 1984, he opened the Federal Police liaison post in Pakistan, also covering India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
In 1985, Kerry was elected President of the Foreign Anti-Narcotics Committee (FANC) in Pakistan, the first Australian to be so honoured internationally.
Upon retiring due to ill health, Kerry was made a full member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers for his short stories. Lalor's Lore is his first novel.